Latest News – Merry Christmas and Sale Day

I would just like to wish all my bonsai students, customers, clients, and friends a very FullSizeRenderMerry Christmas and a very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

If I don’t see you on the sale day I look forward to welcoming you all to Newstead in 2016.

Best wishes and thank you for your continued support…….John Hanby.

SALE DAY – Sunday December 27th 2015  (10.00 – 3.30pm)

A ONE DAY ONLY opportunity to take advantage of a 20% Discount off all garden plants, raw material and bonsai trees.

All trees/plants must be paid for in full on the day to take advantage of the sale price. Ideally they should all be removed from the site on the day unless arrangements are made with John.

Regular visitors to the nursery will know that this is a genuine offer and for a limited time……it is for ONE DAY ONLY!

It is also a chance to socialise and renew bonsai friendships between Christmas and the New Year in pleasant and inspiring surroundings. Look forward to seeing you all!

Classroom Corner – Academy One Class…..December 2015

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.

Classroom Corner – Academy One Class…..December 2015
This was the final meeting for our new Academy group this year and the subject was an introduction to bonsai display.
The students worked in pairs and they were each given an established Juniper bonsai to prepare for an exhibition. The foliage had to be overhauled, branches and the trunk cleaned up, deadwood refined and lime sulphured. The soil surface had to be mossed up and the pots cleaned/oiled.
Under John’s watchful eye this took most of the morning session. After lunch John gave a basic talk on the essence of bonsai display. An example had been prepared in John’s studio in an alcove representation of the Japanese Tokonome.
The students then had to put on their own display using the Juniper from the morning session. They could choose from a selection of bonsai tables, accent plants and scrolls.
Th completed displays were discussed as a group and marked by the students. This was a really worthwhile exercise which provoked a good discussion. The students in this group had never prepared a tree for an important exhibition or even considered the subject of bonsai display so it was a real eye-opener.
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Topical Times – Beginners Course November 2015

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Beginners Course November 2015

Our recent Beginners Course completed on Sunday 29th November with 10 students.

What a great bunch of enthusiastic participants showing a real zest for this hobby and eager to learn as much as possible. In starting their own bonsai collections I suspect that most of them are destined for much greater things. Some of them have already booked on further classes next year whilst others have expressed an interest in joining a new Academy group.

The final day was all about styling a piece of raw material. They selected from our stock outside and then prepared it ready for discussion. After a brief chat on each tree I pruned away what we decided we did not need.

With the help of Derek, Len, and Ian all the trees were then completely wired….an amazing effort. On the two larger twin trunk pines only one tree was wired and styled due to time constraints. These students can then complete the second tree at home and always bring it back for assessment on another class.

I then helped complete the styling of all the trees and every student opted to take the newly created bonsai home. There really is some excellent potential in this material.

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Memory Lane – Demo Day October 2010 (Part One)

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Demo Day October 2010 (Part One)
This was the third of our Demo Day lectures and on this occasion it featured three October 2010 007Junipers. This is the story of one of them.
This was a small almost shohin size Juniper Ittogawa that had been imported from Japan. The foliage mass had been allowed to grow to create good health and strong vigour. The trunk had excellent scope for further shari work.
After some initial pruning the branches were then completely wired. Styling and branch positioning could then take place. The branches were deliberately left long at the tips to help the tree recover and to maintain it’s strength and vigour. they would be gradually reduced during the following growing season.
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Latest News – One Day Only……..SALE DAY!

SALE DAY – Sunday December 27th 2015  (10.00 – 3.30pm)

A ONE DAY ONLY opportunity to take advantage of a 20% Discount off all garden plants, raw material and bonsai trees.

All trees/plants must be paid for in full on the day to take advantage of the sale price. Ideally they should all be removed from the site on the day unless arrangements are made with John.

Regular visitors to the nursery will know that this is a genuine offer and for a limited time……it is for ONE DAY ONLY!

It is also a chance to socialise and renew bonsai friendships between Christmas and the New Year in pleasant and inspiring surroundings. Look forward to seeing you all!

Studio Stories – The Dragon’s Tail……Back in the studio!

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….

Studio Stories – The Dragon’s Tail…..Back in the studio!

It is 12 months now since this remarkable Japanese White Pine was cleaned out, pruned, totally wired and restyled. You will find his story in earlier posts.

He has recovered well from last winter’s work and has had a good growing season this year. The tree was now too dense and so he was brought into the studio so that last years needles could be removed to allow more light and air into the tree.

Evidence of his recovery and strength is clearly visible in the form of extensive back budding inside the tree. I tried to capture this but it was difficult to achieve the correct focus. Hopefully you can still make out the numerous new buds.

The removal of these needles will help to keep the tree’s growth in balance and promote the development of the new buds.

If you look back at the earlier posts you will appreciate just how much a tree can change in as little as 12 months.

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